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Wisdom and Ignorance

327 aphorisms  ·  9 comments

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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (10 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Occasionally, I have to think like myself to remember where I put something.

[aphorist] Sue S. Taylor, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (202 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

[aphorist] Henry David Thoreau, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (14 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

He who learns and runs away, lives to learn another day.

[aphorist] Edward Lee Thorndike, in [category] Life and Death and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (53 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?

[aphorist] Kelvin Throop, III, in [category] Science and Religion and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (22 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I'm always fascinated by the way memory diffuses fact.

[aphorist] Diane Sawyer, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (9 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.

[aphorist] Friedrich von Schiller, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (49 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.

[aphorist] E. F. Schumacher, in [category] Science and Religion and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (17 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Major writing is to say what has been seen, so that it need never be said again.

[aphorist] Delmore Schwartz, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (291 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.

[aphorist] William Shakespeare, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (18 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living.

[aphorist] Wendell Phillips, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (97 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Everything you can imagine is real.

[aphorist] Pablo Picasso, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (276 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

[aphorist] Plato, The Republic, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

The Republic (paperback)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (250 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Thinking is the soul talking to itself.

[aphorist] Plato, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (236 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.

[aphorist] Plato, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (764 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

'Tis education forms the common mind; just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.

[aphorist] Alexander Pope, (from Golden Treasury of the Familiar), in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (26 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.

[aphorist] Colin Powell, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (325 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

People who don't think probably don't have brains; rather, they have grey fluff that's blown into their heads by mistake.

[aphorist] Joan Powers, Pooh's Little Instruction Book, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Pooh's Little Instruction Book (hardcover)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (302 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks.

[aphorist] Joan Powers, Pooh's Little Instruction Book, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Pooh's Little Instruction Book (hardcover)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (8 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

They talk most who have the least to say.

[aphorist] Mathew Prior, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (27 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

[aphorist] Marcel Proust, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

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